Prenuptial advice given

The potential benefits of prenuptial agreements have been highlighted as Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills prepare to finalise their divorce settlement.

Consumers north of the border who are considering marriage and see such contracts as only relevant for those who are very affluent or celebrities may find that they could benefit from obtaining legal advice in Scotland on the matter.

Author of the Which? Guide to Living Together Imogen Clout states that in the run-up to a wedding a prenuptial agreement can be a useful way of "concentrating minds", in news that may interest engaged couples seeking legal advice in Scotland.

However, Denise Knowles, a counsellor at marriage guidance service Relate, tells the Observer that prenuptials only serve to preserve inequality in a union.

"Financially, there might be an incredible inequality, but does that mean there is an inequality running through the relationship? Is that the idea? You need to be very clear because, emotionally, that can be very damaging," she states.

The BBC reports that the Sir Paul and Ms Mills announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.